17 days in Ghana, Benin & Togo Itinerary

17 days in Ghana, Benin & Togo Itinerary

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Accra, Ghana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lome, Togo
— 1 night
Drive
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Cotonou, Benin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Abomey, Benin
— 1 night
Drive
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Natitingou, Benin
— 1 night
Drive
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Kara, Togo
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamale, Ghana
— 1 night
Fly
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Kumasi, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive
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Elmina, Ghana
— 2 nights
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Accra, Ghana

— 4 nights
On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Accra is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Bojo Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Accra Mall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Labadi Pleasure Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Accra itinerary planner.

Arcata, USA to Accra is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Arcata to Accra due to the time zone difference. In December, Accra is warmer than Arcata - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lome.

Things to do in Accra

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Lome, Togo

— 1 night

The Pearl of West Africa

Sometimes called the Pearl of West Africa, Lome contains a cheerful spirit shown through its bustling street markets where both locals and visitors meet on a regular basis.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Marche, then don't miss a visit to Monument de l'Independance, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Tamberma Villages.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lome trip website.

Traveling by car from Accra to Lome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cotonou.

Things to do in Lome

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Cotonou, Benin

— 2 nights
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Pendjari National Park. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lac Nokoue, then kick back and relax at Fidjrosse Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Etoile Rouge.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cotonou day trip site.

Drive from Lome to Cotonou in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to West Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Abomey.

Things to do in Cotonou

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Abomey, Benin

— 1 night
Abomey is a city in the Zou Department of Benin. For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Abomey online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cotonou to Abomey takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to Natitingou.

Things to do in Abomey

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Natitingou, Benin

— 1 night
Natitingou is a city and commune in north western Benin. On the 23rd (Thu), head outdoors with Chutes de Kota.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Natitingou tour app.

Traveling by car from Abomey to Natitingou takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Abomey in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Natitingou, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kara.

Things to do in Natitingou

Outdoors
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Kara, Togo

— 1 night
Kara is a city in northern Togo, situated in Kara Region, 413 km north of the capital Lomé. On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Koutammakou.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kara trip planning app.

You can drive from Natitingou to Kara in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Natitingou in December, Kara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tamale.

Things to do in Kara

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Tamale, Ghana

— 1 night
Tamale, officially called Tamale Metropolitan Area, is the capital town of the Northern Region of Ghana. To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamale trip planner.

You can drive from Kara to Tamale in 5.5 hours. December in Tamale sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C at night. You will leave for Kumasi on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Tamale

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Kumasi, Ghana

— 1 night

Ghana's Garden City

A bustling center of trade and culture, Kumasi remains among Ghana's liveliest and most significant urban centers.
To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kumasi day trip website.

Fly from Tamale to Kumasi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tamale in December, plan for slightly colder days in Kumasi, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Elmina.

Things to do in Kumasi

Tours · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Elmina, Ghana

— 2 nights
Considered the site of the first European settlement in West Africa, Elmina sat on a major slave trade route for several centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Cape Coast Castle, explore the historical opulence of Elmina Castle, and then take in the waterfront activity at Elmina lagoon. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kakum National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Elmina trip planning app.

Getting from Kumasi to Elmina by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. December in Elmina sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Elmina

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Ghana travel guide

3.6
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.

Togo travel guide

3.4
Flea Markets · Monuments · Historic Sites
Long, thin Togo makes the most of its shape, possessing an array of seemingly handpicked environments. White-sand beaches on the Atlantic coast act as the base for some of the most restful trips in the region, while the sparsely populated north of the country boasts towering mountains and a set of interesting cultural and historic sites, highlights of trips to Togo. The capital city sits beachside and offers the best partying in the country, as well as a number of religious and ethnic festivals throughout the year, celebrating the diverse cultures of the region's population.

Benin travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.